In past years there has been a rise in the number of people living together without getting married. Many people wrongly believe that they will have the same rights as married couples if they separate, especially after a long period of time or if there are children involved. This is not the case. Couples who live together have virtually no automatic rights.
It's not very romantic for a couple preparing to live together or for those of you who already live together, to think about what may happen to assets if you were to separate, but if the relationship does end down the track, by preparing a Living Together Agreement with a family solicitor early on, you could save yourself a lot of money, time and stress later.
If your ex owns the home you reside in and there's no existing agreement in place, you will have no right to stay if your ex asks you to leave.
If there's no existing agreement in place, your ex will walk away with the savings and possessions they built up out of their own money. Where you bought things together but each contributed different amounts, you own it in the shares in which you contributed.
We can advise you on your rights and how to progress legally if you are wanting to separate. Please contact us for more information.
If you are moving in with a new partner and have assets you wish to protect, call us on
If you're buying a place together as a couple or moving into a home your partner owns, think about how you want to own it. Choosing between owning it in one person's name, as 'joint tenants' or as 'tenants in common' will affect your rights.